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TG MEL-BKK-LAX-JFK-BKK-MEL In J Class Photo Report  
User currently offlineChrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1068 posts, RR: 8
Posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

This is only one part of my trip which was:
MEL-BKK-HKT-BKK-LAX-LAS-SFO-LAX-IAD-BOS-MCO-JFK-BKK-MEL

Thai Airways was offering unbeatable deals in business class(Royal Silk) from Australia to the US. All of their new aircraft were on the routes I would be flying so I jumped at the chance to try them. Being a devout MH fan I was a bit skeptical at their levels of service, but for the price I was willing to try them. I was pleasantly suprised they exceeded my expecations, while they are not on the same level as MH in some parts of the service it was still excellent regardless.
Apologies for some of the blurry photos, but it's impossible to take dark cabin shots with a point and shoot camera, and you might notice some black spots on the photos, some dirt made its way onto the sensor.

Warning - I have included many photos and videos, definately for broadband users only.

20th August 2006
MEL-BKK
TG 982
Airbus A340-600 - HS-TND

Checkin at Melbourne Airport



We made our way through immmigration and security and went to the Air New Zealand lounge being used by TG for this flight
Lounge was very nice and new, hardly any food - but nonetheless better than nothing




Plenty to drink!



The toilet, impressive

QF 744 waiting on the ramp

The new gate areas of MEL


Our TG A346 waiting for us

Boarding

Welcome drink

Passengers settling into their seats

Waiting for pushback

Menu for todays flight

Ready for takeoff

Video of takeoff


First drink service


Inflight over Australia, the beautiful wing and engines of the A346

Our Menu for this flight

Entree, very nice presentation

Main course arriving on the trolley

Main course, I had the Salmon - presentation dissapointing in the casserole dish

Cheese and fruit service


Dessert, very nice!

Quick visit to the toilet


Window in the toilet, a nice suprise from the usual

Royal Silk Class forward cabin

60" pitch between seats, plenty for me

The Large PTV

Took some photos of the rather empty rear J class cabin



The lovely large engines of the A346

Snuck into Economy, looked quite good I must say!

Crappy Amenity kit, not as good as the Biotherm ones

Second Meal service


After a few days in Bangkok and Phuket it was time for the first of our ULH flights on the A345
27th August 2006
BKK-LAX
TG 794
Airbus A340-500

Don Muang Airport, seems more like an overcrowded shopping centre

Went to the lounge closest to our gate





A small snack

Massage chairs

Sleeping chairs

Going to our gate

Our A345 waiting for us

Standard welcome drink

Flight time looked a bit scary, thankfully it was wrong, only 15.30 hours

Waiting for pushback

The seat controller

Takeoff from BKK

Mood lighting for the first dinner service

Menu for our flight

Appetiszer

Entree

Main, again in the ugly casserole dish

Cheese and fruit, I had fruit only this time

Dessert

Much nicer Biotherm amenity kit

Second Meal service which they served at the end of the flight, the Third meal service dissapeared which others have mentioned

Getting closer towards our destination, sun slowly setting


Blurry cabin

The lights of Los Angeles

Landing at LAX video


3 Weeks all over the US and we were ready to return to Australia

16th September 2006
JFK-BKK
TG 791
Airbus A340-500

Checkin at JFK, was one of the nicest terminals I saw whilst in the country




Thai uses the Swiss Lounge at JFK



There is practically no food in the lounge, except for some token cheese and crackers.

Our A345 waiting for us at the gate

Flight time was slightly shorter at 17 hours only......

Boarding

The now standard welcome drink

Lining up with the runway

Takeoff

Cabin Crew begging the first drink service

Menu for this flight

Appetizer and drink

Entree

Crew at work, these two were the best and funniest flight attendants I had on the entire trip

Main course, I had the Prawn dish

Cheese and fruit off the trolley


Dessert and tea

Relaxing after the meal service

Biotherm amenity kit

Flying towards the north pole

Emerging from the ice

8 hours into the flight we had the second meal service

Entree

Main course, I had the Japanese noodles

Fruit

Dessert and Tea

Mood lighting to relax in

1 hour before landing came the 3rd meal service

Our route over the north pole

Decsending into BKK finally, I felt like instant death by this stage

Nice thunderstorm approaching the airport

Had to wait 8 hours in the lounge, quite frankly this was the worst lounge TG had, noisy and crowded ,kids running around, not much food selection.



Thankgod the new airport will open in a few days, it was way too crowded and I can't see the point of having the same duty free shop one after another.


Finally after 8 hours we were ready to leave on our last flight back home

18th September 2006
BKK-MEL
TG 981
Airbus A340-600

Boarding

Is that a welcome drink I spot again?  Wink

Ready for pushback

Fly 1-2-Go B757 near us

Takeoff and so began the meal service

Main course - I had some Pork dish it was very spicy

Cheese and Fruit

Dessert - Asian Cakes

Our route for this 8 hour flight

Catching the usual Australian jetstream zipping along at 1096 klms/h

Breakfast
Fruit and yoghurt entree

Main

Finally back in my home town of Melbourne



Landing in MEL, listen at the 55 second mark, we braked really hard, I nearly slipped of the seat you can hear everything flying in the cabin.




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30 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineB707Stu From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 918 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Brilliant trip report. Thanks. Which was your favorite aircraft? the 500 or 600? Thai's service looks pretty good but not to SQ standards.

User currently offlineAlaskaqantas From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 905 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

FANTASTIC pictures! and nice report!

Quoting Chrisrad (Thread starter):
and went to the Air New Zealand lounge being used by TG for this flight

Isn't htat one new? I believe thats the one they made to be like the kiwi batch!

Quoting Chrisrad (Thread starter):
Entree, very nice presentation

I have to find some plates like those, they look very nice!

Quoting Chrisrad (Thread starter):
Cheese and fruit service

they still had crackers in plastic bags?

Quoting Chrisrad (Thread starter):
Window in the toilet, a nice suprise from the usual

that way you don't miss any of the view!

well that was a great picture report!
You'll have to write a report on MH sometime! In the end what airline do you think has a better service?
~Cheers-
~~Kyle H.



to some people the sky is the limit, to aviation enthusiasts, its home!
User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5524 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Well what can I say Chrisrad. Excellent Photo report throughly enjoyed it. Any part of the trip you wish you were flying on MH?
Well Done mate  thumbsup 


User currently offlineSalvation From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I've now read several TG reports in J, and they all represent TG as a very professional and accommodating airline.

Thanks for sharing, I hope I can fly them one day.


User currently offlineFlyingKangaroo From Australia, joined Apr 2004, 532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report. Loved the pics. It's about time TG caught up with the competition with new cabins and service. It looks great.

Quoting Chrisrad (Thread starter):
Had to wait 8 hours in the lounge, quite frankly this was the worst lounge TG had, noisy and crowded ,kids running around, not much food selection.

I agree completely. We were there in November, and it hadn't changed one bit since we were last there in 1998. It was so crowded we couldn't get a seat, and went straight to the lounge you first when to in the report. While much smaller, it was heaps brighter, cleaner, quieter, and just overall felt more lounge-ish.

flyingKangaroo



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User currently offlineChrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1068 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting Alaskaqantas (Reply 2):
You'll have to write a report on MH sometime! In the end what airline do you think has a better service?

Well I felt I MH's service was a little more personal than TG, I have done a trip report on MH last year
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/61808

Quoting Alaskaqantas (Reply 2):
Quoting Chrisrad (Thread starter):and went to the Air New Zealand lounge being used by TG for this flight
Isn't htat one new? I believe thats the one they made to be like the kiwi batch!

It looked new, I assume it was then.

Quoting B707Stu (Reply 1):
Which was your favorite aircraft? the 500 or 600? Thai's service looks pretty good but not to SQ standards.

I thought the 600 was quieter, perhaps because I was a little bit further foward from the engines. Both aircraft were by far quieter than their Boeing counterparts.
Well SQ hasnt exactly been winning awards for their service the last few years, so it's all subjective. Considering the airfare was less than half of SQ, I had no complaints

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 3):
Any part of the trip you wish you were flying on MH?

Yes, flying MEL-KUL instead, KUL is a heaven of peace and quiet compared to BKK. Next year I shall return!



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8535 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Fantastic report, loved the photo's, gave a great overview of TG 'C' class service.

I must say how nice to get -500 & -600 A340's scheduled on your routings.

Quoting Chrisrad (Reply 6):
Both aircraft were by far quieter than their Boeing counterparts.

- Yes, totally agree.

Thanks

Mark



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User currently offlineSkip17 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 63 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Wow! Thanks, for sharing, well done.

User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1931 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Great report and pictures! Thai Airways "Royal Silk" looks great. I hope to fly them soon. The deserts all look very good!

Looking forward to more reports!

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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1688 posts, RR: 31
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent trip-report, in one word: excellent !!!

Really loved your pictures, but above all, your videos, especially the take-off and landing at MEL (wing-sweep)...

TG service looks excellent; good to hear you prefer MH  Big grin

MH017



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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7092 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

Great report and great pictures. Thai looks like quite a good airline.

User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2496 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 32767 times:

Wonderful job - that has to be some of the longest routing I've ever seen on a TR! Not surprisingly, TG appears to have put a great product together for the long haul. I've only flown them a couple of times (Y class, no less) but was impressed (food was great).

Mrs. 777fan and I are going to be in MEL for a couple of days in November for our one year anniversary - any recommendations?!


Thanks,
777fan



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User currently offlineKLM685 From Mexico, joined May 2005, 1577 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

WHAT A FANTASTIC TRIP REPORT!! I just read a masterpiece of a pro!

Amazing pictures, awesome videos and great detail and photo description! I wish there were more trip reports like yours!

Keep on with the good work! I'm looking forward for another trip report from you.

Cheers



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User currently offlineQantasclub From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 757 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Gday Chrisrad.

Great trip report-really loved your pictures and videos. I reckon airbus planes all have a very similar engine 'hum' that is very distinctive and much quieter than the roar of Boeing aircraft.
I agree about those casserole dishes in Thai-they also use them on CX and they do look terrible, even though the food may be ok.
Incidently, where did you book your J class airfares-through an agent or on the Thai website?
I find that for aerophiles like us who live in Melbourne and enjoy premium travel, it is often much more fun to go to the US via Asia given that Qantas charges the same if not more for much less 'experience'.
You should try SQ to LAX or EWR via Changi. It's an amazing experience.But given the cost, I would have done the same.

cheers,

Qantasclub.



Long Haul is the only way to go
User currently offlineChrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1068 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting 777fan (Reply 12):
Wonderful job - that has to be some of the longest routing I've ever seen on a TR!

Beleive me I almost died on the return journey, was on the road back home for well over 50 hours. It's almost a week now since I returned and still having problems with jetlag.

Quoting 777fan (Reply 12):
Mrs. 777fan and I are going to be in MEL for a couple of days in November for our one year anniversary - any recommendations?!

Where do I begin, Melbourne is the cultural centre for Australia. Let me know what you like and I can give some tips.

Quoting KLM685 (Reply 13):
Keep on with the good work! I'm looking forward for another trip report from you.

I still have to do BKK-HKT-BKK on TG and OX then LAX-LAS-SFO-LAX-IAD-BOS on UA then BOS-MCO-JFK on Jetblue. Though with not quite as many photos, there is only so much you can photo on a packet of nuts and a orange juice...  Wink
Plus I still have quite alot of videos to upload

Quoting Qantasclub (Reply 14):
Great trip report-really loved your pictures and videos. I reckon airbus planes all have a very similar engine 'hum' that is very distinctive and much quieter than the roar of Boeing aircraft.

Yes, definately quieter I remember the first takeoff from MEL I was stunned at how quiet it was, you could easily hold a conversation even at that sound level. I feel the airconditioning is also a lot quieter than Boeing.

Quoting Qantasclub (Reply 14):
Incidently, where did you book your J class airfares-through an agent or on the Thai website?

Through Flight Centre

Quoting Qantasclub (Reply 14):
I find that for aerophiles like us who live in Melbourne and enjoy premium travel, it is often much more fun to go to the US via Asia given that Qantas charges the same if not more for much less 'experience'.
You should try SQ to LAX or EWR via Changi. It's an amazing experience.But given the cost, I would have done the same.

Well for $3750 AUD, you cant really compare it to either QF or SQ prices.



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User currently offlineHoncircle From Austria, joined Apr 2006, 62 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

great trip report congratulation

regards maximilian


User currently offlineBoeing 747-311 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 795 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

what airlines did you fly on in the US?


Come fly with US
User currently offlineChrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1068 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting Boeing 747-311 (Reply 17):
what airlines did you fly on in the US?

United and Jetblue

Another few videos
Takeoff from JFK


Landing at BKK



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User currently offlineChrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1068 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Takeoff from BKK at night watch the condensation entering the engines!




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User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2796 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Excellent trip report! I loved the pictures and detail  Smile

User currently offlineKE086 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 107 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Very good trip report. One of the BEST!!!!! I love thai airways


KE THE ONLY WAY TO FLY
User currently offlineChrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1068 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 32767 times:

Part of the safety video



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User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5524 posts, RR: 18
Reply 23, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Great videos Chrisrad except for that black dot

User currently offlineChrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1068 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 23):

The black dot that came to haunt all 1200 photos I took while I was away. Not sure how dirt gets on the sensor of a point and shoot digital camera



Welcome aboard Malaysia Airlines! Winner of Best Cabin Staff 2001,2002,2003,2004,2007,2009,2012
25 Post contains images WN230 : Fantastic tr! Loved all your pics, envying you being able to fly biz class (veteran of flying cattle class ). Very well done and hope to do a RTW tr l
26 Chrisrad : Hopefully will, though not until next year at this stage. Hope to get a better camera by then as well. Thanks for the support
27 Post contains images Wazobia : Thank you!! I enjoyed reading your report Good job!
28 777fan : We're into live music, love good food and also enjoy a good pub. IIRC, we'll be staying at the Park Hyatt. Thanks in advance, 777fan
29 Pilotdude09 : Great report, the pictures and videos make it really interesting, i cant beleive you only paid $3750, thats on par with the higher QF Y fares on SYD-L
30 Chrisrad : Yes, hence why I never fly with QF. Their J class fares to the US are outrages IMHO
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